BLVDS LV 47 "Giving" Nov/Dec 2014

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THE Giving ISSUE IMPACTFUL CHANGE Moonridge Group has its finger on the pulse of philanthropy in Nevada.

artLIVE! Art and fashion collide to create a splendid, must see, annual event.

SANTA PAWS IS COMING... TO TOWN Dachshund Social Club & Rescue gives back.

TRADITIONAL RECIPES WITH A FRESH TWIST Jan Craddock shares her family favorites.


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The Giving Season is upon again with the days getting shorter and the leaves starting to fall. At this time, I am going to start with the heart felt gratitude I have for this city and all of the people that work so tirelessly to make it a better place to live and raise our children. It does matter and does make a difference. We have a lot to be proud of! I also want to thank all of the people who work with me at BLVDS—Stephanie, Victoria, Chris, Deborah, Andreas, Nancy, and all of our writers and photographers who work to create a magazine that celebrates those who give. And a special thank you to you, all of our readers. Philanthropy takes on many forms, from leadership to funding to administrative assistance, and in this issue we highlight groups who are cornerstones in the giving arena, from Julie Murray of the visionary company, the Moonridge Group, to organizations like the United Way and Catholic Charities who are the funders and foot soldiers in the effort to create a better Las Vegas.

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As for the retail and shopping side of the season, this town is exploding! There are so many unique experiences to explore this season, from the brand new “Downtown Summerlin” with its beautiful white tents, to the unique Village setting of Tivoli Village with their small shops of locally owned boutiques on the second floor at Market LV, to one of my favorites because of the decades of memories it holds for me growing up here, the Boulevard Mall with its resurgence as a mall of record and great bargains! I remember when it opened it was amazing—the first mall in Las Vegas. As a way to highlight the season, enjoy our featured artist, Lolita Develay, as she shows off her collection of retail vignettes. Also, in this issue we bid farewell to an artist, a friend, and a visionary in the local arts scene, Marty Walsh, owner of the Trifecta Gallery who will be retiring and heading back to her roots in Ireland. You will be missed!


Jan Craddock | President & Publisher Stephanie Pierotti | Editor In Chief Chris Cutler | Copy Editor Victoria Hart | Creative Director Deborah Granger | Associate Publisher Andreas Quinones | Web Developer Editorial Board Brian Paco Alvarez Mauricia Baca Durette Candito Lisa Chasteen Chris Cutler Kendall Hardin Nancy Higgins LuAnn Kutch Dawn Labonte Rob McCoy Julie Murray

Jillian Plaster Willie Robinson Jason Roth Karen Rubel Dana Satterwhite Rick Sellers Eric Strain Kimberly Trueba Mark Vranesh Rachael Wadley Stephanie Youngblood

Contributing Writers Joy Bellis Hektor Esparza Laura Henkel Temple Kinyon Keli Myers

Stephanie Pierotti Dana Satterwhite Jeanette Schneider Sarah Vernetti

And as a way to celebrate the season, we have included some of our favorite recipes and a few tips on what wines to enjoy with your holiday festivities.

Contributing Photographers Talbot Snow Lucky Wenzel

Happy Holidays from all of us at BLVDS, Jan Craddock

Analyst and Archivist Nancy Lee Craddock

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Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves. Andrew Carnegie

Stephanie Pierotti is the proprietor of Avondale Shirt Co. and an instructor at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. As a foodie and wine lover, she holds certifications from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the International Wine Guild. A seven year resident of Las Vegas, Stephanie currently lives in Summerlin with her husband Michael.

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Hektor Esparza believes in the power of culture and community. He has spent the more than a decade expanding upon these subjects as a freelance writer, editor of a food magazine, and former managing editor of BLVDS LV magazine. He currently creates programming for the nonprofit Push Forward, and The LGBTQ Center.

Joy Bellis is a native Philadelphian who came to Las Vegas in 2002 after spending 15 years in Florida. An account executive in advertising and public relations, she has a penchant for the game of golf (and several championships under her belt). Although she’s a late bloomer in the field, she wants to be a writer when she grows up.

Jeanette Schneider loves to write and negotiate with her very busy two year old when not concentrating on her career in finance. Active in the community, she enjoys opportunities to marry her passion for Las Vegas with her love for the art of storytelling. She also blogs and has included “sell manuscript” to her Top Ten Things To Do Before I Die list.

Dana Satterwhite National brand advertising creative for 20 years, Dana currently freelances and runs TastySpace gallery in the Emergency Arts building. He has written for several local magazines and serves on a number of boards. His greatest loves are his wife, daughter, family, words, visuals, racquetball, chess, food, gardening, and freedom.

Temple Kinyon moved to Las Vegas 11 years ago after enjoying life in rural Idaho. Embracing the diverse setting Las Vegas offered, she settled into her freelance writing life, pursuing both fiction and non-fiction. When she’s not writing, Temple creates with paper, paint, fabric and ink, and adores adventures with her husband and two ferociously funny bulldogs.

Keli Myers is a broadcast journalist and freelance writer. She studied with Second City and UCLA Entertainment studies. She is the creator of The Adventure Specialist, an artistic endeavor to bring enrichment to daily life. Keli recently became involved with The Nevada Preservation Society through her mid-century modern neighborhood Paradise Palms.

Sarah Vernetti loves to write. When she isn’t writing about travel and the family-friendly side of Las Vegas, she’s busy crafting short stories and flash fiction. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Art History, which, quite frankly, doesn’t come in handy very often. Feel free to say hi to her on Twitter: @SarahVernetti.

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Toys For Chocs! Ethel M Chocolate Factory kicks off the twenty-first Holiday Cactus Lighting event.


The Gift of Giving Las Vegas entertainers do amazing work for our community!


Dish Up Dinner! Volunteer opportunities are endless when you know where to look.


High School Is Tough Enough Project 150 helps solve the equation for Las Vegas’s homeless teens.


Hope + Faith = Comfort Catholic Charities provides a thread of hope with a deep sense of faith.


Inspiring Impactful Change Moonridge Group Philanthropy Catalysts has its finger on the pulse of philanthropy in Nevada.


Young Leaders Call It a Day The Young Philanthropists Society, with United Way of Southern Nevada, celebrates giving back to kids during the holiday season.


Events Calendar



A Master’s Journey Seductive painting in oil and watercolor of luxury high-end retail vignettes from the Las Vegas Strip by Lolita Develay.




artLIVE! Art and fashion collide to create an splendid annual event.


Tastemaker, Artist Philanthropist, & Friend Marty Walsh closes Trifecta Gallery and heads for the greener pastures of Ireland.


Eggstraordinary The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will feature some 238 artifacts, many from the House of Faberge.




Common Thread Siena Sewing Club creates blankets for local charities.




Santa Paws Is Coming... To Town Dachshund Social Club and Rescue gives back with Santa Paws.



Exploring Paleo Recipes For Healthy Feasts Great options to keep your waistline under control during this season of sugary temptations.



Traditional Recipes with a Twist: Our Family Favorites BLVDS biggest foodie, Jan Craddock, shares her family recipes.


IMHO Carrie Carter-Henderson shares her thoughts on how creating community is always in fashion.

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It’s true – there’s no place like home. It’s where our families live, play, laugh and thrive together. And there’s no place that relies more on water than our communities here in Southern Nevada. That’s why we’re working hard to make sure our supply remains reliable, even during the Colorado River drought. Let’s stay water smart, Southern Nevada. Learn more at The Southern Nevada Water Authority is a not-for-profi t agency.



1000s of beautiful lights



Ethel M Chocolate Factory kicks off the twenty-first Holiday

Written by Keli Myers

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Cactus Lighting event.

t seemed to have happened overnight. Fall: the crisp air, the holiday décor making its debut in boutique isles, and the holiday spirit floating in our open window as we bid a hot summer adieu. As this magical season commences, so do the joyful sounds of festivities.


Ethel M Chocolate Factory kicks off its twenty-first Holiday Cactus Lighting event on November 13, but before former Mayor Oscar Goodman inaugurates the holiday event and the vocal sensation Mo5aic performs, I wanted to take a tour of the factory and catch up with the creator of their prickly paradise. After treating myself to a few scrumptious delights as part of the Ethel M Factory tour and learning the solar garden supports up to 100 percent of factory production, I ventured outside

to see something even more green—the Botanical Gardens. This is where the luminous liaison orchestrated by Botanical Garden designer and curator Steve Bowdoin takes place. Bowdoin has not only been hard at work to illuminate this year’s themed Winter Wonderland, but he also made this year’s garden even greener. This year, Bowdoin and his slim but selective staff of four have dedicated themselves to decorating over 300 species of plants with 55-to60 percent energy efficient LED lights, the most efficient to date. When I spoke with Bowdoin, he told me this year would be even brighter for new and returning guests. He divulged a small stocking full of what will be waiting for us near the holiday trees. He hinted at something that’s never been seen before—motion lighting being added to his list of

goodies—and told me not to miss the cactus overlook and gazebo area where Santa would be. I must have made the nice list instead of the one with coal. I’m in good company though. Ethel M is on track to making this season very bright, not only with their conservatory efforts but with their dedication to community. After an afternoon of indulgence, I look forward to returning for this year’s succulent soiree. Fortunately, starting November 3, when you bring in a new, unwrapped toy to Ethel M, you’ll receive a family four pack of tickets for the Holiday Cactus Lighting event. The company will donate the toys to the annual KLUC toy drive. Toys and chocolate. Sounds delicious to me!

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Las Vegas entertainers do amazing work for our community!

Written by Keli Myers

he hustle and bustle portion of the holiday season can create a small whirlwind of chaos for some. If you find you have no time or energy to volunteer, consider giving gifts that contribute to charitable causes. Las Vegas entertainers do amazing work for our community. By giving the gift of entertainment, not only do you get tickets to a great show, you’ll receive that warm holiday feeling by knowing proceeds benefit some of our communities most needed services.


The Gift of Comedy! Jeff Civillico is an avid supporter of the Las Vegas community. His non-profit organization, Win-Win Entertainment, has supported local services such as Shade Tree shelter and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

The Gift of Music! Véronic DiCaire and her multitudinous voices do monthly charity efforts that have included the Girl Scouts of America, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Keep Memory Alive, and Olive Crest.

The Gift of Circus, Fashion and Art! Circus Couture begins as a chic cocktail party built around our art gallery displayed in the lobby of The Joint at The Hard Rock and evolves into a circus and fashion spectacle. Photos:

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Inspire a love of reading through the world of seven beloved picture books in this literacy traveling exhibit. DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is collaborating with Spread the Word Nevada holding a Book Drive for this literacy-dedicated non-profit. Through January 4, 2015, the museum will collect books for the children of Southern Nevada. As part of your visit to the museum, please donate new or gently used books (Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade reading level) and receive .

Collaboration Partner:

Sept. 20 – Jan. 4

© 2012 Minnesota Children’s Museum. All rights reserved. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.


DISH UP DINNER! tudies show that family members who lead by example are more effective at teaching the importance of valuable virtues like gratitude, compassion, and responsibility. Youth volunteers are less likely to engage in risky behavior, feel connected to their communities, and do better in school.


Volunteer opportunities are endless when you know where to look.

Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start?

Visit and find a cause that is right for you.

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center is the largest community volunteer force in Southern Nevada. A one-stop-shop that connects individuals, families, groups and corporations to fun, meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunities.

Another great resource for volunteer opportunities is They are an online source matching passionate people to good causes. You can search by cause and location to find something just right for you.

Dish Up Dinner is a family friendly volunteer program from Shade Tree Shelter. Its volunteer efforts go toward providing safe shelter and improving the life of women, children, and animals. Sometimes just the act of being there to serve dinner can make a positive change in someone’s life, including your own. Thanksgiving Day Meal Volunteers: Catholic Charities not only serves the homeless and vulnerable citizens living in our community, they also deliver dinners to isolated homebound seniors from their Meals on Wheels kitchen and teach 1700 newly resettled refugees the honored tradition of an American Thanksgiving Dinner. If you would like to assist their efforts this Holiday Season you can sign up online at: or for more information 702.366.2081. Volunteer at Catholic Charities serving dinner.

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HIGH SCHOOL IS TOUGH ENOUGH magine the typical challenges of high school and now add not knowing where your next meal will come from, if you will have a jacket when the weather turns chilly and where you will sleep at night…it becomes an equation many would find tougher than a difficult algebra problem. Enter Project 150 in the equation and it is becomes a bit simpler for those students who are homeless, displaced or otherwise disadvantaged.


“We want them to stay and school and If we can eliminate obstacles by providing basic essentials—food, clothing, school supplies and toiletries we increase the chance that they

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Project 150 helps solve the equation for Las Vegas’s homeless teens.

Written by Andi Breesha

will graduate,” said co-founder Patrick Spargur. Through resource centers at high schools and the Project 150 Free Shopping Days students have access to the basics most take for granted.

expanded organically, and through a partnership with CCSD and the Title I Hope Program, Project 150 now serves 36 schools in the Las Vegas Valley and four in Reno.

Founded in December 2011 when Spargur, a 1983 Clark High School graduate, saw a news story about 150 homeless students at Rancho High School and shared it on Facebook. Connecting with other Valley area alumni through their networks, both online and in person, the founders were able to provide gift cards for food, warm clothes and blankets for the students at Rancho. As they heard story after story of students who wanted to stay in school, their reach

Project 150’s goal is to make sure homeless students get a diploma and have a better chance at succeeding in life. “If a high school student stays in school through their junior year the chance of graduating increases substantially,” explained Spargur. Through donations, corporate sponsors and volunteers, the organization is able to give back with the hope that the students may be able to do the same one day.

HOPE + FAITH t the core of every story begun at Catholic Charities is a thread of hope and a deep sense of faith. Faith not in a religion, but in the plight of every man, woman or child that walks through the doors of the organization that has been helping families since 1941 with compassion that is palpable. Whether the client is homeless, a refugee relocated to Nevada, a family in need of nutrition assistance or both birth and adoptive parents that hope to provide a better life for a child, they receive help and hope with dignity.


In 2013 Catholic Charities successfully assisted 336 clients in the transition to self-sufficiency through their program Homeless to Home. Adoption services placed 24 children in loving adoptive homes last year and their Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program served an average of 7400 families a month, providing mothers and babies with supplemental food and

Catholic Charities provides a thread of hope with a deep sense of faith.

nutrition. The Foster Grandparent volunteers have assisted students in Title I schools improve reading proficiency and thanks to a partnership

Written by Jeanette Schneider

with Three Square their food pantry provided sustenance to 7500 families. As Catholic Charities ramps up for the holidays and plans Thanksgiving meals they ask that our community remember them as we make our grocery lists or consider cash donations to assist in meals or their greater Christmas wish of expanding evening winter shelter to daytime hours so families can get out of the elements as temperatures drop. While they may be teaching a family from Afghanistan what Thanksgiving is, serving the homeless or delivering to a homebound senior, they’d like everyone they see to have the opportunity to give thanks with a warm meal and a healthier outlook for the New Year. Leslie Carmine, Director of Media & Community Relations, said it best, “We’re starting lives over for people.”

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amazing women


IMPACTFUL CHANGE Written by Sarah Vernetti Photography by Talbot Snow

Moonridge Group Philanthropy Catalysts has its finger on the pulse of philanthropy in Nevada.

L to R: Cori MacFarland, Julie Murray, Tiffany Twohig, Anna Pikovsky Auerbach, and Brianna Lawrence with a few of the children at Crestwood Elementary School in their new outdoor garden provided by a generous donation from the Greater Good Council.

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ulie Murray is on a mission to inspire Las Vegas donors and volunteers who want to make a difference in the community. “Each person has the ability to affect change. You might not think you do, but one person can make such a big difference with a non-profit,” says Murray.


As the founder and CEO of Moonridge Group Philanthropy Catalysts, Murray and her team work with non-profit organizations, philanthropists, corporations, and future leaders. “We align philanthropists with really extraordinary non-profit causes. When funding comes together with efficient, effective non-profits, it can make a tremendous impact in the community in terms of quality of life, education, healthcare, the environment, and the arts,” says Murray.

Murray had an active role in the Las Vegas community prior to starting Moonridge Group. As founding president and former CEO of Three Square, Murray was integral in creating an organization that would go on to become a model for food banks around the country. “I saw firsthand how impactful it can be when strategic philanthropy occurs. I launched Moonridge Group as a way to take what I learned at Three Square and put that knowledge of strategic communitybuilding into action,” Murray explains. Advising on a wide range of causes, Moonridge Group’s client list is extensive and diverse, including One Night for ONE DROP, The Greater Good Council, UNLV Medical School, Paragon Gaming, The Bennett Family Foundation, The Modern, NV Energy, East Fremont Entertainment District,

Nevada Medical Center, and the Nevada Corporate Giving Council. Additionally, Moonridge Group has taken on a leadership volunteer role with Heroes United, which consists of police officers and community leaders, in an effort to reduce crime in northwest Las Vegas’ Sierra Oeste neighborhood. Alarmed by the amount of gun violence taking place in areas where children play, the members of Heroes United wanted to help the residents of Sierra Oeste take back their neighborhood. Thanks to the efforts of Heroes United and its volunteer partners like Moonridge Group, cameras and a security gate were added, helping to discourage crime. “This is a beautiful example of collaboration. When we all come together for a common vision, it can be so meaningful. For the 100 children who live in Sierra Oeste, it has given them hope. They are feeling safer and are coming out to play,” says Murray.

Moonridge Group is honored to provide the services needed to help make One Night for ONE DROP a success.

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COMMUNITY Moonridge Group also takes part in projects that have global reach. For example, Moonridge Group has taken the lead in community engagement and donor relations for the ONE DROP Foundation’s One Night for ONE DROP philanthropy event. The annual event features artists from Cirque du Soleil. The funds raised help ONE DROP ensure that people around the world have access to clean water and that locally conservation efforts are successful. What advice does Murray offer for those looking to donate time to a non-

profit organization during the holiday season? She suggests researching organizations carefully prior to donating time or money. Also, she recommends volunteering with a group of friends or family. To help promote worthy causes, donors and volunteers can share photos of their volunteer experiences on social media. “Take photos and share that information. It’s amazing how many people we all have in our network of friends. You’ll be surprised how much you can inspire other people to engage who might see your post on Facebook,” Murray says.

Perhaps most importantly, Murray emphasizes that non-profit organizations need assistance throughout the year, not just during the winter holidays. “If you had a good experience, support that non-profit throughout the year,” Murray says. “Engage during the holidays, come back during the spring and summer, and you’ll be surprised and pleased at how many lives you can impact.”

Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Councilman Bob Coffin and Julie Murray at the unveiling of the Moonridge Group Donation Station meter located across the street from City Hall. Money collected by the meter goes towards regional homeless services.

Nevada Medical Center press event for new Feasibility Study: Kneeling: Steve Hilton, Eric Hilton, Standing: Julie, Anna, and Cori of Moonrodge Group, Elizabeth Cheung, and Ed Cain.

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YOUNG LEADERS CALL IT A DAY The Young Philanthropists Society, with United Way of Written by Temple Kinyon

Southern Nevada, celebrates giving back to kids during the holiday season.

Linasha Jerome working the “Piggy Bank� program with students at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy as an innovative, real-world solution that teaches kids how to save and be financially responsible.

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ince 1957, the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) has created successful partnerships with affinity groups, workplace campaigns, volunteers, and donors, all dedicated to advancing the common good in southern Nevada. Children, families, seniors, and others in need receive assistance through UWSN’s programs which focus on education, health, and financial stability.


UWSN will work alongside Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) members, as well as other volunteers, on December 2nd for their annual Holi“DAY” of Giving, which focuses on uplifting children and their families during the holidays.

“Stockings are stuffed with dental hygiene items to emphasize the importance of health,” Linasha Jerome, UWSN Director of Health and Family Engagement and YPS member explains. “More stockings are loaded down with books, goodies, and cards to focus on education at our two partner pre-school centers. And to touch on financial stability, cards with budget sheets and recipes are put together for kids and families to demonstrate the ease of affordability during holidays. Everyone gets together with a common goal.” YPS members will also be working at Hollingsworth Elementary on December 17th, providing kids a holiday gift and encouragement that community members think and care about them. “The young leaders in YPS are truly making a difference in the

lives of children in Southern Nevada,” Jerome emphasizes. Their partnership with YPS shows UWSN’s powerful ability to bring together groups with the passion, expertise, and resources to truly “live united”. Their website, uwsn. org, serves as a hub for extensive volunteer opportunities in the region. “I truly believe in collaboration with like-minded leaders and mentors,” Jerome says. “UWSN’s web site brings everything together so users can see all their options and select which volunteer opportunity works best for them.” YPS coordinates an extensive list of events and opportunities throughout the year. For more information or to become a member, go to

YPS members provide holiday gifts to the children at Hollingsworth Elementary every year through their Holi“DAY” of Giving.

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Fall Jazz Festival: UNLV Jazz Ensemble III, Jazz Guitar Ensemble Plus Vocal Ensemble

Explore the sights and sounds of our great city!

NOVEMBER 19 Judy Bayley Theatre

UNLV Performing Arts Center Series: Alex Boyé

Allegro Guitar Series: Denis Azabagic

NOVEMBER 22 Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

Geoffrey Ellis

NOVEMBER 19 Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall |

An Evening with David Sedaris

THRU NOV. 29 Brett Wesley Gallery

UNLV Wind Orchestra: American Heroes

NOVEMBER 23 The Smith Center

NOVEMBER 20 Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

LV Craft and Gift Show Thanksgiving Event

DIFFERENT ONGOING The Downtown 3rd Farmers Market Every Friday 9AM-3PM

Fresh 52 Farmers & Artisan Market Tivoli Village Every Sunday 9AM-2PM Sansone Park Place Every Sunday 9AM-2PM

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ Children’s Discovery Museum

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit The Springs Preserve

Human Experience (Open Mic) Emergency Arts Every Monday at 7PM

Abigail Goldman THRU NOV. 29 Trifecta Gallery

NOVEMBER 2014 Ultimate Santa Experience NOVEMBER 14 - DECEMBER 24 Fashion Show Mall adventure-to-santa

University Choral Ensembles: Come, Ye Sons of Art NOVEMBER 21 Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall |

CCSD Honor Orchestras Concert

Winter in Venice NOVEMBER 21 - JAN. 8 Ice Skating at the Venetian

NOVEMBER 22 Sun City McDonald Ranch

UNLV Symphony Orchestra: Barber & Beethoven NOVEMBER 25 Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

NOVEMBER 15 Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

Glittering Lights At Las Vegas Motor Speedway NOVEMBER 18 - JAN. 1 Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Pippin Magical Forest at Opportunity Village NOVEMBER 21 - JAN. 4 Opportunity Village magical-forest

NOVEMBER 25-30 The Smith Center

Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 1 The Springs Preserve

Motor Trend International Auto Show

Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens THROUGH JANUARY 1

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NOVEMBER 28 Las Vegas Convention Center lasvegas

Fall Jazz Festival: UNLV Jazz Ensemble II & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble NOVEMBER 18 Judy Bayley Theatre

The Ice Rink NOVEMBER 21 - JAN. 4 The Cosmopolitan experience/icerink

DECEMBER 2014 Wendy Kveck Recent Work DECEMBER 4 - 27 Trifecta Gallery

“As You Like It” a Play by William Shakespeare DECEMBER 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 Black Box Theatre

Desert Chorale’s Annual Christmas Celebration Concert featuring the Nevada Pops DECEMBER 1 Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

The Nutcracker DECEMBER 13-21 The Smith Center

Pasha Rafat Meet Me in St. Louis

The 13th Annual Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo Toy Drive

DECEMBER 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre

DECEMBER 4 Las Vegas Convention Center

UNLV Opera Theatre: Prima la Musica DECEMBER 5 Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall

DECEMBER 5, 6, 7 The Smith Center

Meshuggina Klezmorim DECEMBER 19 Lloyd George US Courthouse 333 Las Vegas Blvd.

Jingle Bell Run Family Fun Walk DECEMBER 20 Pecos Legacy Park

Las Vegas Great Santa Run DECEMBER 7 Downtown Las Vegas opportunityvillage

Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert with Adam Neiman, Composer-Pianist DECEMBER 7 | 3-5pm Nevada School of the Arts at Historic Fifth Street School, South 4th Street, Las Vegas

The Elves and the Shoemaker Clint Holmes for the Holidays

WinterFest: It’s a Fairy Tale Christmas DECEMBER 11-13 Henderson Convention Center & Events Plaza


WNFR Cowboy Chrismas Gift Show

DEC. 11 - JAN. 31 Brett Wesley Gallery

DECEMBER 9 Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

Kristen Hertzenberg and Philip Fortenberry “Holidays from the Heart” DECEMBER 13 The Smith Center

Las Vegas Youth Orchestras

Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling DECEMBER 26 - JANUARY 15 The Springs Preserve


DECEMBER 13 Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

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The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents

Dr. Charles Cushinery, conductor

Winter Concert

Sunday, December 7, 2014 3:00 pm Featuring: NSA Chamber Orchestra with Adam Neiman, International Pianist and Composer and

NSA Preparatory Orchestra

Neiman’s Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (West Coast Premier) Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto Grosso and works by Mendelssohn, Kalinnikov and more… Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium Admission $5.00 Children 12 and under FREE Nevada School of the Arts 401 S. Fourth Street, Ste. 125 Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.384.ARTS (2787)

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Show Dates: December 5, 6, 12, & 13 at 7pm December 7, 13 & 14 at 2pm Tickets: $5.00

(pre-purchase of tickets is recommended, shows will sell out)

Charleston Heights Box Office: 702.229.6383 Rainbow Company Youth Theatre: 702.229.6553 Show Location: Charleston Heights Arts Center 800 South Brush St. Las Vegas, NV 89107 Rainbow Company Youth Theatre is a program of the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs

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AfricanAmerican woman to graduate from UNLV’s Master of Fine Art program


JOURNEY Seductive paintings in oil Written by Dana Satterwhite

and watercolor of luxury high-end retail vignettes from the Las Vegas Strip.

rtist Lolita Develay describes Las Vegas as the Mojave-Desert environment of her childhood with a cosmopolitan core. In 2009, seeking a change, the long-time Hollywood resident chose Las Vegas, recalling “It just seemed to make sense.” The presence of the university was alluring as well.


Her interest in art started when she “could see colors and light in the womb and progressed from there.” She was drawing with her left hand and feet at age three but remained fairly sheltered from museums and galleries as she grew. “When I first started showing at art fairs in Los Angeles, I faced much criticism from older artists that I was a technician and not an artist,” she says. Still, she pressed on. Before she attended UNLV, there was a 20-year period where she observed her surroundings critically and produced about three painting a year. In 2005, she returned to school full-time, studying graphic design and filmmaking, still having many reservations about

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the death of painting, mainly representational. The more work she produced, the easier it became to work through these issues. Develay’s themes often derive from pop culture, politics, access, and social justice. “As an African-American artist, I feel there is so much territory to cover still. I want to see the day that it is a non-issue, when our work is about art and our race is a random fact and not a calling card,” she offers. “And yet, as the first African-American woman to have graduated from UNLV’s Master of Fine Art Studio Art program, I am aware of my race and gender,” she continues. “I am aware of the fact that the art world is not entirely separate from the social paradigm in which I exist. I am aware the paradigm needs to shift.” Note: Visit Left of Center Gallery where Lolita Develay’s work will be on display November 8-January 31, 2015, and see more at

“Constant Craving� a seductive painting in oil and watercolor of luxury high-end retail vignettes from the Las Vegas Strip feature futuristic mannequins in haute couture, speaking to desire and consumption in contemporary culture.

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relevant organizations

artLIVE! Written by Niki Reid

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Art and fashion collide to create an annual event that will advance the two industries while strengthening Las Vegas’ cultural vibrancy.

rtLIVE! Benefiting The Modern Art Museum and The Las Vegas Fashion Council Debuts on the Local Philanthropic Calendar artLIVE!, a creative collision of art and fashion benefiting two culturally relevant local organizations, will strut onto the Las Vegas social scene on January 29, 2015, in the Reynolds Hall Grand Lobby at The Smith Center. Funds raised from the unique event will directly support The Modern Art Museum, an inspiring institution dedicated to visual arts and design slated for the burgeoning downtown arts district, and the Las Vegas Fashion Council, a not-for-profit


trade association whose mission is to advance the Las Vegas fashion industry. In its inaugural year, artLIVE! will showcase various forms of artistic displays such as live music and dance performances, live and silent auctions, a fashion show featuring established and emerging designers, food and beverage, and signature art presentations brought together by several local artists and designers. The centerpiece of the artLIVE! event will be Madison, the statuesque mannequin that stands for all the event hopes to represent. A Las Vegas Fashionista, she is art in all its forms. Over the next several weeks, up-and-coming as well as known artists will receive a Madison as a blank canvas and will transform her into a beautiful and unique artistic display. Attendees of artLIVE! will be able to bid on the 10 Madisons during a live auction. Tickets for artLIVE! are now available at Prices range from $35 for a limited number of tickets designated for students to $200 for the VIP treatment throughout the evening including behind the scenes access to get the first look at the exclusive runway fashions, front-row seating to the dazzling fashion show, photos on the step and with Madison, gift bags, food, and beverage.

opportunities for the event can choose from seven different partnership levels with exclusive benefits ranging from VIP tickets to artLIVE!, special donor or founding member recognition for The Modern Art Museum and Las Vegas Fashion Council, press coverage, and more. The energetic team of professionals collaborating to create what they hope will become an important Las Vegas philanthropic tradition are leaders from esteemed companies throughout Las Vegas with expertise in and passion for fashion, art, design, philanthropy, business and creative pursuits, and building community. Both The Modern Art Museum and Las Vegas Fashion Council are important to building a strong community and strengthening its cultural vibrancy through art and fashion. The opportunity for Las Vegas to thrive in new ways with the addition of a world-class art museum and by inviting fashion and its community of talented professionals into our fabric is exciting. More details about artLIVE! will be announced in the coming weeks. To stay in-the-know with event updates, follow Twitter & Instagram: @artlivelv Facebook: To purchase tickets and find more information about artLIVE!, The Modern Art Museum and the Las Vegas Fashion Council visit

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astemaker and philanthropist Marty Walsh will close Trifecta Gallery after 10 years of artistic splendor. Voted best gallerist in Las Vegas, Marty showcased groundbreaking monthly exhibits and innovative work by emerging and mid career artists, exposing Las Vegas audiences to alternative, well-made, and provocative work including Abigail Goldman’s innovative dioramas lauded by National Public Radio. A one of a kind creative powerhouse, Marty was able to facilitate artistic ingenuity and respect and nurture artistic vision as well as take risks.


Marty’s commitment to the art world of Las Vegas have marked her as true tour de force of the artistic scene. She is the founder of Preview Thursdays in the Arts District; founder of the Artist Council to The Modern, Las Vegas; advisory board member to The Modern; founder of the Art Scene Discussion Group; advisory board member, The Barrick Museum, UNLV; volunteer, donor, and former board member, Contemporary Art Center; donor to Nevada Humanities; contributor and host for the Late Until Eight Thursday’s roster of arts-related events that include exhibits and artists talks. As well, Marty’s unfailing emphasis on partnership, community support, and involvement has engendered so many wonderful collaborations. Perhaps the

Written by Laura Henkel

key to this passion, energy, and insight is due to the fact that Marty herself is an accomplished artist of luminous landscapes and distilled paintings of everyday objects—including food—in a beautiful, lyrical naturalist style. Her influence on other artists has been significant; she has fostered, supported, and created a lively community of exchange, creative energy, and openness. And so it is with great sadness, we must say goodbye. Marty will be closing her iconic gallery and returning to Ireland with her husband, Pete. Her presence in Vegas has meant a transformation of the art scene, a legacy that shall continue to influence and inspire.

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1885 EGGSTRAORDINARY Faberge begain

Written by Hektor D. Esparza

t was always more about the craftsmanship and history than the karat count. Though the association with wealth and sophistication is not ill placed, for collectors and appreciators of Faberge, the fascination is just as much about Russian history. Indeed, the last Czars of Russia had noble tastes and spared no expense celebrating their legacy. It just so happened they began commissioning the storied, opulent Faberge pieces near the ignominious end of their own reign.


The Faberge tradition began in 1885 with Czar Alexander III who commissioned Peter Carl Faberge to create a unique Easter egg for his wife, Czarina Maria Fedorovna. From then and throughout the early 1900s, the House of Faberge created over 150,000 pieces including objets d’art, jewelry and silver articles. “Fabergé Revealed” will offer docent tours of Fabergé’s original collection, including the Imperial Pelican Easter Egg commissioned in 1897 for the Dowager Empress of Russia.

Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, 1903. Workmaster Mikhail Perkhin. Egg: Gold, platinum, silver gilt, diamonds, rubies, enamel, watercolor, ivory, rock crystal, 4 3/4” H x 3 1/8” dia. Statue: gilt bronze, sapphire, 1 7/8” H x 2 3/4” W. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Imperial Pelican Easter Egg, 1897. Workmaster Mikhail Perkhin. Gold, diamonds, enamel, pearls, ivory, watercolor, glass, 4” H x 2 1/8” Dia. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition will be on view from November 14, 2014, through May 15, 2015, at The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) and will feature some 238 artifacts in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to many pieces from the House of Faberge, this exhibit will also showcase a limited collection of “Fauxbergé” objects, Fabergé look-alikes once considered authentic which are impressive in their own right.

Imperial Tsesarevich Easter Egg, 1912. Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom. Egg: Lapis lazuli, gold, diamonds, 4 7/8” H x 3 9/16” dia. Picture frame: platinum, lapis lazuli, diamonds, rock crystal, watercolor on ivory, 3 3/4” H x 2 3/8” W. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

According to BGFA Executive Director Tarissa Tiberti, this is a rare opportunity to see so many pieces presented in a historical context. As she says, “These treasured objects encompass the beauty of art while also telling one of the most powerful stories in history—the fall of the Russian imperial family.”

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Hot-diggity dog, Dachshunds are adorable!

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through all the ‘what-ifs,’ every step of the process. I don’t care about costs. I want rescued dachshunds to have the best care, training, food, and environment so they thrive.”

ometimes in life, one person’s vision—a spark of an idea—comes to fruition and makes a monumental difference in the community and lives of others. Almost 10 years ago, Leilani Ehlers had a notion to form a group of like-minded dachshund lovers, and she created the Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club and Rescue (LVHDDCR). “It was initially only a social group,” Ehlers explained. “We wanted our dachshunds to play together.”


After running the club for a short time, Ehlers recognized a need for a dachshund-specific rescue. She educated herself and learned through her experiences, adding loving volunteers along the way. She established the dachshund rescue based on the belief that it’s all about the happiness and comfort of the dachshund. “With the rescue, I went

LVHDDCR’s adoption process is thorough, benefiting both the dachshund and the new owner. To learn the surrendered dachshund’s history, volunteers interview the people surrendering the dog. “We get to know the dachshunds so we can place them with the perfect new owner,” Ehlers emphasized. All potential new owners submit to an interview, home inspection, and meetn-greet to ensure the best possible fit. “We have a very low return rate because of the care we take,” she adds. LVHDDCR hosts pet adoptions throughout the year, along with several fund-raising events which include their annual “Santa Paws” donation drive November 15-December 13. You can donate new dog items—beds, toys, food, and leashes— at collection locations around the valley. “We divvy up all donations and share with other smaller rescues in town,” Ehlers said. You can also send monetary donations to: LVHDDCR, 5840 W. Craig Road 120-287, Las Vegas, NV 89130. Visit for more information.

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hether you’re looking for dishes to appease the “picky eaters” around your holiday table or just want some sharable options to keep your waistline under control during this season of sugary temptations, paleo may be the way to go. Paleo recipes don’t use processed or refined sugars, are grain-free for gluten-free and carb-conscious guests, and are dairy-free for your lactose-intolerant guests.

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Paleo Pumpkin Streusel Bars


FOR THE CRUST 2 cups almond flour 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp water 1/2 tsp salt

FOR THE FILLING 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves

FOR THE STREUSEL 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 tbsp maple syrup 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 cup pecans, chopped

Mix together the filling ingredients in a small bowl. Spread over the cooled crust in a thin even layer. Toss the chopped pecans in a small bowl with the other streusel ingredients. Sprinkle over the top of the filling. Bake everything together for another 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish with coconut oil spray. Place all of the ingredients for the crust into a bowl and stir to combine. The dough should form into a ball. Transfer to the baking dish and press into an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes, and then remove from the oven and let cool.

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup 3 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, light olive oil, or any fat of choice 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 medium apple, cored and chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 cups broth (veggie or chicken) 1 1/2 cup pumpkin or winter squash puree 2-3 sage leaves (whole) 2/3 cup canned coconut milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste (optional) 2 teaspoons (or less) lime juice, to taste Sea salt to taste INSTRUCTIONS In a large sauce pan, heat your oil/fat over medium heat. Stir in your onion, carrots, and apples. Saute for 5-10 minutes until wilted and soft. Stir in the broth and sage leaves. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove the sage leaves. Puree the soup (in batches if necessary) in your blender or food processor until creamy and no chunks remain. Return to your saucepan and add the remaining ingredients. Heat gently and adjust seasonings to taste. Servings: 5 From Paleo Plate (free app)

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Creamy Pesto “Pasta” with Vegetables 4 medium zucchini, peeled and sliced (or spiralized) into thin noodles 1 cup asparagus pieces 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, roughly chopped 2 ounces prosciutto (omit for vegan add 1/2 teaspoon salt) 1/2 cup frozen peas (omit if you’d like for Paleo) 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 cup raw cashews 4 cups boiling water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 garlic clove 2 tablespoons chopped basil 1/4 teaspoon salt dash of white pepper dash of nutmeg Garnish with toasted pine nuts and fresh basil INSTRUCTIONS Boil the 4 cups water, then pour it over the cashews. Soak them in the boiling water for 30 minutes. Bring another large pot of water to a boil, then add the zucchini noodles and blanch quickly for 1-2 minutes. Remove the noodles with a slotted spoon and place in a colander. Immediately run cold water over them then turn them out onto a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Set off to the side until your sauce is done. Add the asparagus to the same pot of water and cook for about 3 minutes until tender but still crisp. Drain the water and set the asparagus off to the side. Sauté the prosciutto and mushrooms in the olive oil for 5 minutes over medium heat. Reduce heat to low while you make the sauce. Drain the cashews, but reserve the soaking water. Blend the cashews with 1 cup of the soaking water in a blender. Add the

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lemon juice, nutmeg, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic and blend to a smooth sauce. Add the sauce, asparagus, and the peas to the mushrooms and prosciutto and simmer for 7-10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and remove from heat. If your sauce is a little too thick, add a bit of the cashew water to help thin it out. Serve the sauce over the zucchini noodles garnished with toasted pine nuts and fresh basil. The pasta will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Some water will gather at the bottom of your container because of the zucchini. You can drain it before heating, or simply stir it into the sauce to help thin it as it thickens when chilled. Servings: 4 Author: Danielle Walker -


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HOLIDAY WINE PAIRING TIPS TIP #1: THE SEATING CHART Pair your wines and food like you choose the seating assignments at the dinner table. Traditionally, you want to seat people who have things in common (like what region they’re from) or complimentary characteristics next to each other. If you’re feeling adventurous, go the more advanced route of choosing strongly contrasting— but equally bold— opinions that will make for interesting conversations. Like seating the family curmudgeon next to the perpetually positive cheerleader, pairing a sweet dessert wine (Canadian Icewine or French Sancerre) and stinky bleu cheese (Roquefort) may seem counterintuitive, but the results may surprise you and change your opinion of both participants. TIP #2: MOSH PIT VS TANGO Seasonings and sauces— not the color of the meat— are the primary considerations when choosing your wine pairing. You don’t want to pair a bold fruit-bomb Zin with a delicately seasoned rack of lamb because the wine will overpower the subtle flavors of the dish. This is tantamount to throwing your doe-eyed grandmother into a mosh pit. The Zin would pair better with a tangy BBQ sauce or an aged gouda, and the rack of lamb seasoned with Herbs de Provence would enjoy the company of a wine from its homeland like a dry rose from Provence. Since both the herbs and the grapes are “of the same earth,” they will share characteristics. This is part of what wine geeks refer to as terrior (tayr-WAH). The shared traits typically result in a harmonious, spirited pairing— like two dancers doing the tango.

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TIP #3: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE Another consideration when choosing a bottle is whether your guests will appreciate your carefully cultivated wine choice. Have you been saving your favorite mind-blowing Pinot Noir for the perfect event? If there’s a good chance your gumchewing dinner companions will throw ice cubes in their glass because the wine’s not cold enough for their liking, you may want to put that gem back in your wine fridge for a different special occasion. Celebrating a particularly productive Tuesday with your significant other can be just as important as an annual holiday. TIP #4: DO THE SPLITS If only one or two people will be drinking wine, you want to pair a different wine for each course for a small group, or you want to try a wine that’s a bit out of your financial comfort zone, 375ml “half bottles” (also known as “splits”) are great alternative to traditional 750ml bottles. Total Wine (locations in Summerlin and Henderson) offers an impressive selection of sparkling, white, and red half bottles from around the world at a wide range of prices. RECOMMENDED CROWD-PLEASERS FOR EVERY BUDGET REDS 2011 TRADER JOE’S RESERVE “LOT# 80” PINOT NOIR, WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON ($9.99 at Trader Joe’s) 2009 CEJA PINOT NOIR, CARNEROS, CALIFORNIA ($36.99 at Total Wine) 2006 BEAUX FRÈRES “RIBBON RIDGE” PINOT NOIR, WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON ($79.99 at Lee’s Liquor)

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OUR FAMILY FAVORITES Written by Jan Craddock

I love homemade cranberry sauce. It is the perfect mixture of sweet and tart to add that little pop to a large holiday meal. I have been making my own for about the last 10 years, using a basic recipe and adding different items depending on what’s available in my pantry or garden. I also make a lot of cranberry sauce as I like to give it out as a pre-holiday gift to friends and neighbors to enjoy at their holiday dinner. This recipe makes about 4 pints. For more, just double or triple the recipe.

Holiday Cranberry Sauce 1 bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups) 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup chopped orange slices 1/2 cup port wine Place the ingredients in a large pot and cook slowly over low heat until the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens (20 to 30) minutes. Let the mixture cool down and then place in clean jars and refrigerate. Decorate jars with a festive a label and a pretty ribbon for a beautiful seasonal gift from your kitchen.

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Parmesan Asiago Grits with Shrimp & Andouille The original version of this dish came to New Orleans by way of the Low Country in South Carolina. In this recipe, traditional grits are updated with a blend of Asiago and Parmesan cheeses. In our house, this incredibly rich dish is a once-a-year holiday treat. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds medium-size raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 pound Andouille sausage, diced 3/4 cup whipping cream 1/3 cup chicken broth 1/3 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper Fresh chives for garnish


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add sausage, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add shrimp, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp and sausage mixture from skillet. Add cream, broth, and wine to skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in cheese and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Stir in shrimp and sausage mixture. Serve over Parmesan Asiago Grits and garnish.

Creamy Parmesan Asiago Grits 2 cans chicken broth (14oz each) 3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits 4oz container chive-and-onion cream cheese 1/4 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmasean 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over mediumhigh heat; gradually whisk in grits. Cover, reduce heat to mediumlow, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes or until thickened. Add cheeses and pepper, stirring until melted.





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Carrie Carter-Henderson


eing a native Nevadan and a resident of Las Vegas since the age of four, I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience the ever changing and evolving city that I am proud to call home.

In the past, fashion wouldn’t typically be one of the descriptive highlights anyone used when talking about Las Vegas. Today our fabulous city is home to some of the most prominent fashion houses from around the globe, with many of them boasting the highest sales volume of any of their other worldwide locations. Additionally, being the trade show capital of the world, Las Vegas hosts numerous conferences that hold their annual shows here to display their wares to buyers of some of the largest retail stores and specialty boutiques. Those conferences include menswear, womenswear, accessories, shoes, bridal, jewelry, the beauty industry, and much more. I became fascinated with the fashion industry as a teenager when I chose to step into the world of modeling. Many years later and after several adventures traveling the world working for some of the top fashion designers in the business, I decided to come back home and attend UNLV to study Business Management and Finance. In 1997, I founded BESTAgency, which has grown to include a fabulous team, employ over 300, and represent thousands of independent contractors. We have multiple divisions that include a model/talent agency, event, production, and wardrobe departments, and we create entertainment concepts for hotels, shopping malls, cruise lines, and one-of-a-kind special events.

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Creating community is always in fashion…

Beyond that, I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful organizations in our community and have been able to incorporate the talent and resources of our team into events to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits throughout Las Vegas as well as educate myself on the needs of our community. My work with various organizations includes being a founding board member for the new Discovery Children’s Museum, a founding member and past president for Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, a member and past president of the Entrepreneurs Organization, and involvement with many more individual organizations. All of my business and philanthropic endeavors have presented me with the opportunity to connect with some very passionate individuals and companies that have a strong interest in social responsibility and building a better community. These life experiences and connections have led me to the next chapter in my life—to form the Las Vegas Fashion Council (LVFC). What I have come to realize over the years is the value of a team approach to getting things done whether it is in business or for the betterment of the community. None of these endeavors would be possible without a remarkably talented and passionate team of leaders and community-minded individuals. The LVFC is just one more example of pulling a team together with a passion to diversify the Las Vegas economy through the fashion industry. With almost one year under our belt, we have had the opportunity to engage and mentor interns, fashion curriculum students, emerging artists, and numerous nonprofit organizations to raise funds and awareness through the efforts of fashion. A

few of those events include a partner event with Zappos Couture to benefit Dress for Success, a partnership with Cintas Uniforms in “Fashion Fridays” at The Linq that engaged students from the Art Institute, and “Fashion for Autism” where we presented the collections of emerging local designers to benefit Grant a Gift for Autism. Upcoming events include the “Little Black Dress,” which takes place December 1 and has students and emerging artists creating their version of the perfect little black dress. Their creations will be judged live and on social media. In 2015, LVFC will partner with both The Modern Art Museum for artLIVE! (a creative collaboration of art and fashion taking place on January 29) as well as with Springs Preserve for an EcoFashion presentation on the day following Earth Day in April. The Las Vegas Fashion Council is a nonprofit organization that is funded by memberships and sponsorships of the organization as well as through the various events that raise funds for operations in addition to grants and scholarships for students and emerging artists. What we envision for Las Vegas in the very near future is to bring a wellknown fashion educational institute into the city, increase local manufacturing, create a televised fashion program, and present many more events that will gain worldwide exposure. Our grand vision is that Las Vegas is an established leader in the global fashion industry. None of this would be possible without a group of passionate and committed individuals who want more for our community. Why not have it be fun and fashion focused! Stay tuned for more to come in the very near future.

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